Dr. Melinda “Mindy” Asbury specializes in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness, with expertise in intensive community-based interventions, first episode psychosis, and integrated medical care. [Prior to completing her residency training at Duke University, she attended Marshall University where she obtained her medical degree and a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Neuropharmacology. Dr. Asbury utilizes this expertise in neuro-psychopharmacology in combination with evidence-based cognitive interventions as her primary treatment modalities. She spends her clinical time on the UNC Wake Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and in the UNC Encompass First Break Psychosis Program, the former of which she serves as Medical Director. Dr. Asbury is also involved in research at the North Carolina Psychiatric Research Center. Some of her current projects include the development and testing of novel interventions for cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, as well as targeting obesity and metabolic changes associated with antipsychotic use. She also dedicates time to UNC psychiatry and family medicine resident education on the ACT team and with integrated medical care. She looks forward to implementing quality improvement initiatives with UNC residents within the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health. Dr. Asbury continues to collaborate at Duke University and the Durham VA Medical Center with resident clinical education, formal didactics, and her on-going research focused on optimizing palliative care in individuals with serious mental illness.